Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

The National Park Service and Hornblower Maritime Services (HMS) have signed a 10-year concessions contract for operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. A startup date, schedule, prices and other details will be announced as soon as they are available. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Artificial reef deployment coming soon

Artificial reef deployment coming soon

A project to deploy deep water “nearshore” artificial reefs has been tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 13. Orange Beach, Alabama contractor Walter Marine will install the reef modules. The contractor has also installed several artificial reef projects for the county in the past including the snorkel reef in the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

A project approved by Triumph Gulf Coast April 27 will mean local students will be able to get commercial driver training and in-demand certifications in cybersecurity at Pensacola State College (PSC). A Federal Aviation Administration testing site will also be set up at the George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola. Read the full article in […]

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Following more than a decade of delinquent loans, capital deficiencies and poor bank ratings, Beach Community Bank will soon be under new ownership as the bank’s holding company, Beach Community Bancshares, Inc., has filed for bankruptcy. According to the documents filed in the Northern District of Florida United States Bankruptcy Court, the bank will shift […]

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Commissioners table floating alcohol ordinance When a floating restaurant-like structure appeared in Santa Rosa Sound last month just behind Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill, questions among residents abounded. Shortly after the appearance, County Commissioner Rob Williamson said he wanted the county to pursue an ordinance to bar these types of establishments. He said Santa Rosa […]

Williamson to Tourist Development Committee: ‘Stay in your lane’

Williamson to Tourist Development Committee: ‘Stay in your lane’

In Thursday’s Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners meeting, District 4 commissioner Rob Williamson questioned the Tourist Development committee’s recommendation to keep $1 million in reserve funds. Noting that the staff recommendation is to keep $750,000 in the reserve fund, Williamson asked, “What is the compelling reason to push it to a million dollars and […]

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida is in. Then it is out. Now it is in again. The last few weeks have seen mixed messages from the Trump administration on whether oil drilling along Florida’s Gulf Coast will be allowed to expand under a new five-year plan. But the most recent word appears to leave Florida firmly on the list […]

Large-scale project clearing way for cleaner national seashore

Large-scale project clearing way for cleaner national seashore

It’s hard to find a silver lining in something as disastrous as an oil spill. Gulf Islands National Seashore Ecologist Kelly Irick will tell you she has found one in the fact that BP money is funding a nearly $11 million Beach Enhancement and Asphalt Removal Project in the Santa Rosa area of the national […]

Dive reef design revealed

Dive reef design revealed

Images of what a new artificial dive reef off the Navarre Beach pier will look like are coming into focus after Taylor Engineering presented the preliminary design to Santa Rosa County officials. Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary President Mike Sandler, along with the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, has helped to spearhead the project, which will […]

Ferry service aims to provide more than transit

Ferry service aims to provide more than transit

West Ship Island in Mississippi was used as a model when plans went into motion to bring a ferry service to Pensacola to transport people to and from Fort Pickens and Pensacola Beach. “We relied an awful lot on the history and knowledge of their successful ferry service in designing the service here,” said Dan […]

Boats that will be used for ferry service arrive in Pensacola

Boats that will be used for ferry service arrive in Pensacola

As the two ferry boats made their way into the bay late Saturday afternoon, the excitement began to build. Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown has been waiting a long time for the boats to arrive. And while the ferry service from Pensacola to Fort Pickens and Pensacola Beach won’t begin until next spring, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 24

HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT GIVES TERRORISM VICTIMS RIGHT TO SUE The House unanimously approved the measure (HB 65) on Thursday. It would allow victims of terrorist attacks, such as the Orlando Nightclub massacre, to recover damages of at least $1,000 and attorney’s fees. Current law only allows victims of specific criminal activity to do so, […]

Public plays important role in determining restoration projects

Public plays important role in determining restoration projects

The Florida Trustee Implementation Group invited the public to submit restoration project ideas for the state and the funding for those projects will be provided through money associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. “Project ideas have been submitted in the past and continue to be submitted for all the funding streams associated with the […]

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster populations are poised to thrive again in the region thanks to the Oyster Cultch Placement Project, a $5.3 million regional plan designed to enhance and improve the oyster populations in Pensacola Bay, St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay. The project’s most recent focus was on the waters in the Pensacola Bay System in Escambia […]

DEP $1 million short on Navarre Beach Park improvements

DEP $1 million short on Navarre Beach Park improvements

Design and permitting of Deepwater Horizon oil spill funded improvement projects for Navarre Beach Park are coming to a close as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) prepares to put the roughly $2.8 million project out for bid in January. That $2.8 million projection blows past the initial estimate for these improvements FDEP’s coordinator […]

Reef cam will offer peek at reefs

Reef cam will offer peek at reefs

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) is one step closer to making the Gulf Coast Discovery Center (GCDC) a reality as final preparations are underway for the installation of a live-streaming reef camera. WTR-TV, or Watch the Reef TV, is expected to be up and running as early as the end of July. This […]

Beach renourishment tops RESTORE tourism funding scores

Beach renourishment tops RESTORE tourism funding scores

Two proposals for Navarre Beach restoration scored at the top of tourism proposals submitted for the first allotment of local RESTORE funding, which is expected to total around $4.3 million. More than 50 projects totaling more than $52 million are vying for the first local allotment, resulting from the RESTORE Act funds following the 2010 […]

56 projects compete for $4.3 million

56 projects compete for $4.3 million

Santa Rosa County is expecting roughly $4.3 million in its first direct allotment of RESTORE funding resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Allocation decisions are being made, and some Tourism Development Council (TDC) members are concerned about possible conflicts of interest. Before the April 3 submission deadline, the county received 56 project proposals, […]

Williamson suggests more staff

Williamson suggests more staff

Santa Rosa County Jan. 15 began accepting applications for the first allocation of local RESTORE Act funding – roughly $4.3 million. District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson suggested adding county staff to help manage up to $75 million anticipated for 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill recovery. In a Dec. 30 email, Williamson asked County Administrator […]

Workers, educators showcase need for RESTORE funding

Workers, educators showcase need for RESTORE funding

“We’re making sure they get a fair shake,” said Jeff Helms, representing Atkins North America, Santa Rosa County’s RESTORE consultant. Helms said funding for workforce development programs could be possible from local RESTORE funding resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and earmarked for economic development projects. Leaders in local workforce training and development […]

Long-awaited RESTORE guidelines expected this week

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson met with local leaders Aug. 6 in Pensacola, pushing for release of hundreds of millions of dollars intended to help Florida’s coastal communities recover from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, which resulted in the largest oil spill U.S. history. Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived […]

Four years after the oil spill

Four years after the oil spill

April 20, 2010. Some may have trouble remembering what happened nearly four years ago, but as soon as the words “oil spill” are mentioned, they immediately remember and many local residents have vivid of memories of the spring and summer of 2010. It didn’t take long for experts and members of the media to determine […]